School Boards Voting To Raise Dropout Age

"I believe we would really fail if we did not pass this, by letting them by letting them stay until they're 18 years old," said Simpson County School Board Chairman David Webster.

A sentiment felt by all on the Simpson County School Board as they unanimously voted to raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 for students.

This comes on the heels of lawmakers finally passing a bill to raise the dropout age, something the First Lady Jane Beshear and Governor Steve Beshear have pushed for awhile.

The law gives school boards the option to vote in a raise of the dropout age and if 55% of districts vote it in, then all schools will be required to do it within four years.

Gov. Beshear has taken to twitter today calling it the blitz to 96. That key number 96 is 55% and would then make this law for everyone to have to raise the dropout age from 16-18.

Something Simpson County went ahead and did this evening because they say it's part of their mission.

"Part of our vision is to empower every student to graduate prepared for life. We define prepared for life as academically and socially ready for college or careers," said Simpson County Schools Superintendent Jim Flynn.

"We've had this discussion with the board and we want to retain all the students we can, by keeping them extra two years until they're 18, I think we will be more successful with the school district. Plus, we will be able to provide them the ability to get jobs where at 16 it would be hard to do," said Webster.

Simpson County officials say they have several opportunities to give students that chance.

Other school districts passed this earlier today as well including Warren County and Taylor County, who actually approved just after midnight today.

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